Rabbi Jonah Geffen serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation Shaare Zedek. A member of the New Shul's Rabbinic Havurah, Rabbi Geffen was the National Rabbinic Director for the J Street Education Fund and spent two years as a Marshal T. Meyer Rabbinic Fellow at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun on the Upper West Side. He has served as Senior Coexistence Educator for Kivunim, and as Senior Educator for the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution’s Rodef Shalom program. Rabbi Geffen attended Young Judaea Year Course, was a Kollel Fellow at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, a summer fellow at Yeshivat Hadar, and a CLAL Rabbis Without Borders Fellow. His writing has been featured in the Washington Post, Haaretz, the Jerusalem Post, and the Huffington Post, among others.
Rabbi Geffen received his BA in History and Jewish Studies from Indiana University, an MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, and an MA in Jewish Studies and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he was the recipient of the 2013 United Synagogue Award for Congregational Leadership. He lives not far from the shul with his beloved, Julia Mannes, and their two daughters. They enjoy frequenting the playgrounds of the world, watching cooking shows, and singing the Indiana University fight song.
Shoshi Rosenbaum received cantorial ordination in 2016 and is now a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a rabbinic intern at the Orangetown Jewish Center in Rockland County. Previously, Shoshi served as the Student Hazzan at B’nai Jeshurun, and she studied as a fellow at Yeshivat Hadar. Hazzan Shoshi graduated from Barnard College and JTS, where she founded and directed the Jewish women’s a cappella group, S’madar. In her free time, Shoshi enjoys ukulele and playing with her dog. Hazzan Shoshi will daven at Shaare Zedek for Selichot, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot, and several shabbatot this fall.
Lindsey Healey-Pollack, Rabbinic Intern
Lindsey Healey-Pollack is excited to be back at Shaare Zedek, where she previously worked as the administrative and program assistant and was a member for several years. Lindsey is in her final year in the Rabbinical School at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she is also pursuing a master’s degree in Talmud and rabbinic literature. Lindsey grew up in Houston, Texas and spent five years of her childhood living in Cairo, Egypt. She graduated from Scripps College with a degree in anthropology and philosophy and received a master’s degree in museum studies at NYU.
As a rabbinical student, Lindsey has taught children and teens at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, and the Jewish Journey Project, and has acted as a student rabbi at the Atria Senior Residence. Lindsey completed a chaplaincy internship at DOROT and recently served as the rabbinic intern at the United Synagogue of Hoboken. She is currently serving as a Slifka Fellow at Cornell University Hillel, supporting egalitarian Jewish life on campus. She lives in Washington Heights with her partner, David, and their son, who are both looking forward to spending Shabbat in the community!